What is Windows Telemetry? How can we Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 to maintain privacy? In this article, we will educate you through the entire process.
According to Microsoft:
“Windows telemetry is vital technical data from Windows devices about the device and how Windows and related software are performing. It’s used in the following ways:
- Keep Windows up to date.
- Keep Windows secure, reliable, and performant.
- Improve Windows – through the aggregate analysis of the use of Windows.
- Personalize Windows engagement surfaces.”
3 Ways to Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10
When we upgrade our computer to Windows 10 or install new Windows 10, the Telemetry and Data Collection feature gets enabled by default. Since this is auto enabled it collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft.
Though Microsoft says that the data collected is only to enhance the overall user experience and Windows functionality better, users are concerned more about their privacy. The number of data breaches happening across the globe has forced users to be extra cautious about their data privacy.
SInce, users want their data to be safe and secure, they must want this feature disabled. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not provided a direct way to disable it. But it has provided several options to disable telemetry and diagnostic data collection in built-in Settings app as mentioned in following article:
1. Set Diagnostic and Usage Data to Basic:
Using this option, you can limit User Data Collection in Windows 10, however it does not totally disable Telemetry and Data Collection.
- Click on the Start button and then click on the Settings icon.
- From the Settings window, click on the Privacy.
- In the next window, click on Feedback & diagnostics tab from the left panel and then set Diagnostics and usage data to Basic.
Doing this will limit the data sent to Windows and will thereby decrease the chances of users data being hacked.
2. Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 Using Registry Editor:
If you do not wish to provide any information to Microsoft, you can use the below steps to totally Disable Telemetry and Data Collection.
Note: We recommend that you do not modify any registry entries because it is related to Windows or critical system files. If you have incorrectly modified registry, it may cause unforeseen problems.
Therefore, please be very careful while using Registry Editor. You can follow the steps below:
- Type in Regedit into the Windows 10 search box and press enter.
- Navigate to the Following trees from the sideboard pane, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection.
- In the right panel, right click in an empty space and go to New, select DWORD value (32-bit). Name it AllowTelemetry.
- Double click on the AllowTelemetry and set the value to 0 and click on Ok.
Note: Please note that we have tested this on our Windows 10 computer 64 bit, service pack 3 and we did not noticed any adverse impact on the performance of computer while Disabling Telemetry.
3. Disable Connected User Experience and Telemetry Service:
Once you have Disabled Telemetry and Data collection using Registry Editor, you need to turn OFF “Connected User Experience” and “dmwappushsvc” services. This is necessary to fully disable Telemetry on your Windows 10 computer. To do so, follow the steps below:
- Press Windows + R keys to open Run command Window.
On the Run command Window, type services.msc and click on the OK button.
- In the Services window, scroll down and double-click on Connected User Experiences and Telemetry.
- On the next screen, disable Connected User Experiences and Telemetry by setting Startup Type to Disabled.
- Now, locate dmwappushsvc service and double click on it.
- Here, disable dmwappushsvc service by setting the Startup Type to Disable.
So, if you are using Windows 10, then you can apply these methods to set the data collection to minimal or fully disable Telemetry and Data Collection feature on your Windows 10 computer.